Books by TED Talkers

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Some are motivational, some are conversational, but all TED Talks are inspirational. For the past decade, TED (an annual conference of lectures involving technology, entertainment, and design) has often yielded viral videos that permeate the internet. Here are several books available from JMRL that were written by TED speakers:

Dawn of the New Everything by Jaron Lanier (TED Talk: “How We Need to Remake the Internet”) – The Microsoft interdisciplinary scientist credited with popularizing virtual reality reflects on his lifelong relationship with technology, showing VR’s ability to illuminate and amplify how the brain and body connect to the world.

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely (TED Talk: “Our Buggy Moral Code”) – An evaluation of the sources of illogical decisions explores the reasons why irrational thought often overcomes level-headed practices, offering insight into the structural patterns that cause people to make the same mistakes repeatedly.

The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings by Marc Kushner (TED Talk: “Why the Buildings of the Future Will be Shaped by You”) – The founder of Architizer.com and practicing architect draws on his unique position at the crossroads of architecture and social media to highlight 100 important buildings that embody the future of architecture.

Asteroid Hunters by Carrie Nugent (TED Talk: “Adventures of an Asteroid Hunter”) – One of the top scientists in the field of asteroid hunting explains how, for the first time, humanity could have the knowledge to prevent a devastating asteroid impact.

When Strangers Meet by Kio Stark (TED Talk: “Why You Should Talk to Strangers”) – Describes how lives can be enhanced by talking to strangers, drawing on the author’s personal stories of brief encounters that she views as beautiful interruptions and sources of creative energy and teaches readers how to begin this practice.

Why We Work by Barry Schwartz (TED Talk: “The Way We Think About Work is Broken”) – An analysis of the purpose of work in American culture and how everyday people can find happiness in the workplace, explaining the importance of seeing one’s career goals independently of earning wages.

Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark (TED Talk: “Consciousness is a Mathematical Pattern”) – An MIT professor of physics explores key questions related to a near-future world of increasing digital autonomy, exploring the what it means to be human in the age of artificial intelligence.

Keto Cookbooks

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The high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet has recently gained popularity for its potential to fuel brain function, improve sleep quality, and assist with weight loss. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of the ketogenic diet or finding some recipes to try, the library has several books to check out:

Primal Fat Burner by Nora T. Gedgaudas – Outlines a comprehensive, scientifically based high-fat diet for maintaining health, losing weight, and reversing certain chronic diseases, in a guide that explains how to use a ketogenic fat-burning diet to minimize the metabolism’s dependence on sugar.

The 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse by Maria Emmerich – Provides instructions, meal plans and recipes to cleanse and heal the body through a ketogenic diet, which can help you balance hormones, feel better and lose weight.

Quick Keto Meals in 30 Minutes or Less by Martina Slajerova – Presents low-carbohydrate, ketogenic recipes designed for quick preparation, including eggs royale, smoked salmon chard wraps, and skillet berry crumble.

Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore – Outlines the therapeutic potential of a ketogenic diet that combines customized carbohydrate restrictions with moderate protein intake and food-based fats.

The Deliciously Keto Cookbook by Molly Pearl – Offers 150 deliciously satisfying recipes for breakfasts, appetizers, snacks, mains, desserts, and sides, all designed to help readers set and reach personal health and weight loss goals.

Fat for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook by Joseph Mercola – A guide to eating the ketogenic way from a natural-health expert and a chef shares recipes aligned with both ketogenic and Paleo principles, including such options as soups, salads, meals, and snacks, along with nutritional facts for each recipe.

Keto Slow Cooker & One-Pot Meals by Martina Slajerova – A collection of one-pot and slow-cooker recipes specifically designed for the needs of ketogenic diets provides a range of options for high-nutrient, low-carb soups, skillet meals and savory stews.

From Procrastination to Productivity

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Whether you’re searching for the motivation to be more productive in your work or in your free time, the JMRL catalog has the following guides to help you along the way:

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff – Shares strategic advice on how to achieve personal and professional goals while overcoming derailing obstacles, citing perfectionism as a primary reason why most ambitions fail.

Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More by Morten T. Hansen – Gives authoritative, practical advice on how to bolster individual performance, drawing on a study involving thousands of managers and employees to outline seven work practices for improving focus, scheduling, and organization.

Spark: How to Lead Yourself & Others to Greater Success by Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch, and Sean Lynch – A guide for reevaluating traditional concepts of leadership that explains how to identify the thinkers, workers, innovators, and influencers at all levels who are catalysts for positive organizational change.

Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life & Business by Charles Duhigg – Redefining productivity as a discipline involving how one thinks, identifies goals, constructs teams, and makes decisions, this book explains how to transform thinking behaviors to increase self-motivation with illustrative examples.

Bored & Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self by Manoush Zomorodi – The podcaster and radio host argues that boredom is essential in making lives happier and more productive, and includes exercises for bringing about critical thinking.

Exponential Living: Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are by Sheri Riley – Counsels goal-oriented readers on achieving success in both their personal lives and their professional lives by seeking balance between the two.

Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less & Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined by Scott Sonenshein – A guide to promoting achievement, creativity, and innovation at work explains how to do more with existing resources, detailing how different mindsets can diversify experiences, act without over-planning, and expect positive outcomes.